Parent Resources

2-1-1  

www.infoline.org

A source for information about community services, referrals to human services, and crisis intervention.

CENTER FOR HOPE

590 Post Road, Darien

203-655-4693

www.familycenters.org

Individual, group and family counseling for persons of all ages facing the loss of a loved one, or a life-threatening illness to themselves or a family member.

THE CENTER FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS COUNSELING AND EDUCATION

880 Canal Street, Suite 2B, Stamford

203-329-2929 24-Hour Hotline

203-348-9346 Main Number

1-888-999-5545 Toll-Free Hotline

1-888-568-8332 Spanish Hotline

thecenter-ct.org

Free and confidential support services for sexual assault victims and their families, including counseling and support groups.

 

CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER OF MID-FAIRFIELD COUNTY

100 East Avenue, Norwalk

203-299-1315

www.childguidancect.org

Offers a full-range of prevention, evaluation, and treatment services that consist of:

• Assessment that includes an orientation to our services, initial screening to define problems, and appropriate referral.

• Psychological and developmental testing to help clarify a child’s problems and treatment needs.

• Individual, parent guidance, family therapy, case management, outreach services and group psychotherapy as appropriate for each individual.

 

CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT

196 Greyrock Place, Stamford

203-324-6127

2-1-1 24-Hour Crisis Hotline/ Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Unit

www.childguidancect.org

Treatment Programs and Prevention Programs

• Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy Program

• Children and Parent Resource Team

• Community Emergency Response Program

• Crime Victims Assistance and Community Policing Partnership

• Emergency Mobile Crisis Services

• Intensive Home Based Services

• Lower Fairfield county Child Sexual Abuse Response Team

• Parent Consultation Service

• Professional Consultation Service

 

CHILDREN’S CONNECTION OF THE HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL

One Park Street, Norwalk

203-849-1111

hscct.org/childrens-connection

• Child Abuse Identification and Reporting Training (SCAN-Stop Child Abuse Now).

• Child abuse, neglect prevention and intervention services.

• Children’s Bank (volunteer gift program that donates clothing, funding and gifts to abused and neglected children).

• Foster care support.

• Multidisciplinary Investigative Team of Greater Norwalk.

 

CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (CACLD)

25 Van Zant Street, East Norwalk

203-838-5010

Supports individuals, families, and professionals by providing information, education, and consultation while promoting public awareness and understanding. CACLD’s goal is to ensure access to the resources needed to help children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders achieve their full potential.

 

CONNECTICUT CLEARINGHOUSE

334 Farmington Avenue, Plainville

1-800-232-4424

www.ctclearinghouse.org

Connecticut’s library and resource center for information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and related issues affecting mental health and wellness.

 

DARIEN FAMILY YOUTH OPTIONS

2 Renshaw Road, Darien

203-655-8973

Helps children and teenagers build the skills necessary to face the temptation of activities that may be harmful to themselves or others. Our services include:

• Anger management programs

• Assessment and intervention

• Drug testing

• Group therapy and parenting help

• Individual and family counseling

• Peer mentor groups

• Relapse prevention

• Telephone consultation

THE EXCHANGE CLUB CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT

141 Franklin Street, Stamford

203-327-9419

www.preventchildabuse.com

Maintains community-based child abuse prevention programs, and supports Exchange’s Program of Service, which includes youth programs, Americanism and community service.

FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S AGENCY

9 Mott Avenue, 4th Floor, Norwalk

203-855-8765

www.familyandchildrensagency.org

Connects individuals and families in crisis, or at transitional moments of their lives, with skilled professionals in counseling, mental health and substance abuse services, senior services, family support, youth development, homeless services, mentoring and adoption programs.

 

FAMILY CENTERS Darien/New Canaan

590 Boston Post Road, Darien

203-655-0547 Phone (call or see Web site for other locations)

www.familycenters.org

Offers counseling, education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. Programs include:

• Bright Beginnings; Preschool and Early Childhood Education.

• Families in Crisis; Family Centers’ comprehensive network of counseling, support and referral services.

• Fostering Independence; through vocational and career training, housing resources, counseling and self-sufficiency programs.

• Workplace Resources; WorkLife Solutions provides comprehensive employee assistance programs, work-life services.

 

GOVERNOR’S PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP

1-800-422-5422

www.preventionworksct.org

Provides the leadership and resources to assist in the powerful effort to keep Connecticut’s kids safe, successful and drug-free. Leader in prevention work related to mentoring, underage drinking, and high-risk behavior among youth and college students, Student Assistance Programs and more.

KIDS IN CRISIS

One Salem Street, Cos Cob

203-622-6556

203-327-KIDS (5437) 24-Hour Confidential Helpline

www.kidsincrisis.org

Protects infants, children and teens from abuse and family crisis. Provides free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, local prevention programs, and advocacy throughout Connecticut. A Teen Talk Outreach Counselor is available to all students at New Canaan High School during the school year.

NEW CANAAN CARES

112 Main Street, 2nd Floor, New Canaan P.O. Box 178, New Canaan

203-966-7862

www.newcanaancares.org

Offers a multitude of health-promoting programs directed at youth, parents and the community. Programs are provided to each public and private school in New Canaan on an ongoing basis. Offers parent, youth and community programs aimed at raising community health awareness while providing tools to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen family systems, boost children’s resilience, build self-esteem and leadership skills, advance effective parenting skills, and reduce stress. The organization also has a wellness library, which lends out both books and videos. (A calendar of events is available on the Web site.)

NEW CANAAN COALITION

77 Main Street, New Canaan

203-594-3093

This community group consists of youth from 8th–12th grades, parents, town officials, human and youth service workers, police, school personnel, local therapists, attorneys, representatives from faith communities, and others. They come together to brainstorm issues regarding youth and high-risk behavior, namely substance abuse. This group also provides educational forums for youth and parents with current research and strategies for prevention in the home.

NEW CANAAN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN & YOUTH SERVICES

77 Main Street, New Canaan

203-594-3076

www.newcanaan.info

The mission of the Youth Services is to help New Canaan youth and families to function optimally by developing programs and activities that address developmental needs, as well as helping youth and families obtain appropriate social services and resources.  

NEW CANAAN PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT
203-564-6374
ncparentsupportgroup.org
Our mission is twofold: 1) to provide support and hope to parents affected by their child’s substance misuse; and 2) to educate and raise awareness about addiction, mental health and recovery in our community.  We hold weekly support meetings at St. Mark's Church, and frequent community events to educate and increase understanding.

NEW LEARNING CENTER

49 John Street, Southport

203-307-3030

Works with agencies, schools and professionals to provide continuity of care by offering individual, couples and family therapies, as well as a broad range of specialty services. Specialized groups for children are offered for helping with social skills in grades 3–12.

 

NORWALK HEALTH DEPARTMENT

137 East Avenue, Norwalk

203-854-7776

203-854-7979 AIDS Counseling/Testing

203-854-7976 Sexually Transmitted Diseases

www.norwalkhealthdept.org

Promotes the highest quality of life within the changing community by ensuring a healthy environment. Focuses on monitoring health status and understanding health issues facing the community; developing the capacity to evaluate and improve programs and interventions as part of a commitment to continuous quality improvement; and protects people from health problems and hazards.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

1-800-230-7526

www.plannedparenthood.com

America's most trusted provider of reproductive health care, the heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community.  Each health care center provides safe, reliable services that prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception; reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment; and screen for cervical and other cancers.  We deliver comprehensive and medically accurate information that empowers women, men, teens, and families to make informed choices and lead healthy lives.  

POSITIVE DIRECTIONS

420 Post Road West, Westport

203-227-7644

www.positivedirections.org

The programs of Positive Directions support these primary goals:

• To encourage a supportive environment for individuals and families to seek treatment and develop a substance-free lifestyle.  

• To help employers and employees cope with substance abuse and other problems in the workplace.

• To provide information, counseling and support to people involved with alcohol, drugs and other destructive behavior to motivate them to accept treatment. • To reach youth before they become involved with alcohol, drugs or other risky behavior and to help them make responsible decisions.  

RENFREW CENTER OF CONNECTICUT

436 Danbury Road, Wilton

1-800-RENFREW (736-3739)

www.renfrew.org

Provides treatment for eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.

RESOURCES TO RECOVERY

www.rtor.org

www.rtor.org provides mental health information and referrals to behavioral health treatment and other supports –we get over 30,000 visits to the website monthly.  We have Resource Specialists who are available by phone or email to provide personalized assistance to families to connect them with help -this is a free service and available to anyone who contacts us from across the US.  Although our website has a national reach, we are based in Stamford out of Laurel House and work most closely with families living in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

SPED*NET (THE SPECIAL EDUCATION NETWORK) OF NEW CANAAN

P.O. Box 1612, New Canaan

203-966-9709

www.spednet.org

A parent and professional network interested in special education issues.  Offers seminars during the school year, maintains a "listserv," provides handouts and information, and has a variety of videos and books to loan members.

STANDUP PARENTING, INC.

1-888-PARENT-9 (727-3689)

www.standupp.org

Offers parents educational support, alternative strategies, and practical solutions to family issues.  

STAR, INC.

182 Wolfpit Avenue, Norwalk

203-846-9581

www.starct.org

Non-profit membership organization serving infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.  It provides personalized support and advocates for people to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth.  STAR's informative Website showcases a comprehensive set of links to sites for local, state and national organizations that serve people with disabilities.  

TALKING WITH KIDS

www.talkingwithkids.org

A national initiative by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation encouraging parents to talk with their children earlier and more often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, alcohol and drug abuse.  

WILKINS CENTER

7 Riversville Road, Greenwich

203-531-1909

www.wilkinscenter.com

Outpatient psychiatric, medical and nutritional service center devoted to the diagnosis and holistic treatment of pediatric and adult eating disorders, weight management, and psychiatric disorders. 

WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)

410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

1-800-741-2142

www.ct.gov

Dedicated to safeguarding the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods and referrals to health care